By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer

Danny McCarthy

Danny McCarthy wears a trapper hat, Asos scarf and festive socks/ PHOTO VIA Justin Hawk

When the high from chugging that Starbucks venti pumpkin spice latte fades and you’re stuck walking from East to West campus in weather so cold your hands might as well be frozen meat-gloves, you realize that sometimes, winter sucks.

And when you’re waddling to class swathed in layers of clothing, it’s easy to forget that, even in winter, you need to make an effort. Everyone else may be pulling a full-on marshmallow act, but there are things you can do to spice up that dull wintry wardrobe.

Here are the three things you need this winter:

1. The hat: When I’m looking at someone, my gaze instantly goes to their head (and because I am a reliable source and sample of the general population, I’m assuming you do too). And since we focus on the head, we need a head-dress, aka the hat.

I refuse to accept that some people aren’t “hat people.” That’s a lie; you’re just weak. There are some people—me—who have a head for hats, and there are some who have to work hard for it. Maybe it’s a baggy beanie, or a tweed newsboy cap. I personally have a soft spot for trapper hats. They’re so cute and warm and the BU Bookstore has a few of them for a pretty decent price.

2. The scarf: I feel like guys think scarves aren’t “manly” enough to wear. But what’s more manly than wrapping your neck in what is essentially the cloth version of a strip of bacon? Literally nothing. Scarves are warm and can add depth to any outfit. I have been particularly fond of this cable-knit, mustard-yellow scarf from ASOS that I bought back in August—for just $8. If my outfit is leaning towards darker colors (a distinct winter possibility) a yellow scarf can add some oomph. Just avoid the scarf and t-shirt combo; you’re not a fashion savage.

3. The socks: Why are socks always the middle children of the clothing world? As a middle child, I know their pain. But we need to champion the middle children—most importantly me—and value their worth. Boring socks make me want to throw fake blood on the perpetrators—whoops. But if I spot a flash of spots or stripes or bright colors between your shoe and your pant, I want to throw diamonds on you. You can get cute socks anywhere, but I recommend J. Crew for spots or stripes, and Urban Outfitters for the wackier options.

I know it’s hard to get dressed in winter, when all you want to do is curl up in bed and watch “The Vampire Diaries” (I’m projecting a little, but hey, pick your poison), but you can still make the effort. The great thing about accessories is that they can take a mundane outfit to new heights. If you’re wearing a dark sweater and some nice brown chinos, but you add a bright pair of socks and a cute hat, suddenly you’re ultra-chic and knowledgeable; you can become the ‘it’ guy.

May the Fashion Be With You!